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Old 06-11-2005, 16:25   #1
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Penatrol & Varnish

I just noticed on the back of the Penatrol can that one can mix P & V together 50/50.

Has anyone done this? And how did it tun out?

I just spent hours stripping and sanding the teak gangway ladder (been procrastinating) and I don't want to do it again.

Did it soak in like it claims?......................................._/)
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I have never mixed the 2 together, but use them both. I first apply a single coat of Penetrol, then varnish over the top of it. Seems to work very well.

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Old 07-11-2005, 11:40   #3
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Diluting any coating down for a first coat on any timber is good as it allows the product to soak well in to the fibres. As for teak, you need all the penatration help you can get. The wax in teak is unlike any other timber, in that it creates a very good natural seal against penatration of any liquid. And being wax, it doesn't disolve quite the same as other natural timber resins do. So dilution of the first coat is a good technique to get the additonal coats to adhere well.
Personally, I love the natural colours and grain effects of timbers. So I like a very clear coating. I am not a fan of the coatings that have stains in them, or dark colour to them that darken timbers. In like to have the grain and natural colour stand out when coated.
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I agree with Wheels, before I start I wipe down with acetone, then I use 50/50 the first coat, I use thinner recomended by the varnish manufacturer and 25/75 the second coat, then 100% varnish for the remaining,
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Old 13-11-2005, 13:22   #5
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Thumbs up Thanks JG & Alan

Sounds like a plan!
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Just make certain not to leave the accetone in a locker in your boat! It is really virulant to gelcoat and fiberglass. It is also so easy to do. You're using it, so you keep it on board, then you get distracted and a couple of months later you find the can empty and the bottom of your locker is a mess!


Oh so easy to do! Good luck.


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Yeah, been there done that.

Previous boat was all wood, teak and mahogney, and I used penetrol mixed with varnish for the first coat so it would soak in good,.

The ultimate test was my main boom:
Removed all the bronze strips fastened with 500 little bronze screws. (Before the age of cord-less screwdrivers..Had big blisters in my hands instead.)

Stripped the boom then applied 12 coats of varnish startiing with Penetrol...Sanding lightly with 220 grit bethween the coats.
2 weeks later the boom went back aboard the boat and lasted a long time.

Sold the boat after 3 years, boom was like brand new, met the boat 10 years later and the boom still looked good.
(Yes, the mailsail covered up the boom most of the time, but still, any varnish lasting that long in the Virgin Islands are doing good, especially 10 years later.)

Penetrol is good stuff and will also do wonders on Stainless Steel as well as wood.
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